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State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, June 6, 2017
CONTACT: Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-7228, mary.stadicksmith@state.sd.us or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, (605) 773-2593, ruth.raveling@state.sd.us

State Library recognizes 21st Century School Libraries


PIERRE, S.D. – Nine school libraries have received the 21st Century School Library Award for 2017. The 21st Century School Library Award recognizes school libraries as Effective, Enhanced or Exemplary, based on performance in three areas: place, which refers to the learning environment (both physical and online), programming and the professional.


Applicants conduct a self-assessment and provide evidence of their ability to meet South Dakota's guidelines for school libraries. Award status is valid for a three-year period.


Representatives of the selected libraries will be honored at the annual Systems Change Conference Oct. 20 in Rapid City.

Award Recipients:
Douglas Middle School: Exemplary; Librarian Melissa Hubbell; Administrator Dan Baldwin

Douglas High School: Exemplary; Librarian Kimberly Darata; Administrator Bud Gusso

Harrisburg South Middle School: Exemplary; Librarian Kristi Jones; Administrator Darren Ellwein

Horizon Elementary (Harrisburg): Exemplary; Librarian Leslee Reiland; Administrator Tanja Pederson

Madison Central School Libraries: Exemplary; Librarian Joanne Kallhoff; Administrators Cotton Koch, Adam Shaw, Janel Guse

Rapid Valley Elementary (Rapid City): Enhanced; Librarian Jennifer Backhaus; Administrator Cher Daniel

Robert Frost Elementary (Sioux Falls): Enhanced; Librarian Korey Erickson; Administrator Colleen Werner

West Central Middle/High School: Exemplary; Librarian DaNann Kistler; Administrator Melinda Jensen

West Middle School (Rapid City): Exemplary; Librarian Shelley Rath; Administrator Dan Conrad


Find more information on the State Library’s 21st Century School Library Award webpage.